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can scarcely believe that the time has come to reflect on another sporting season and another year in the life of MB Partners and our affiliate partner programme. The old adage goes that “time flies when you are having fun” so hopefully my surprise is a sign of positive times for all associated with MB Partners including our sporting talents and our valued partners.

As we approach the end of another calendar year, I am delighted to bring you latest edition of our Partnership magazine which encompasses all the news from our sporting portfolio as well as the many successes originating from our proudly powerful network of affiliated partners. With great pride, everyone at MB Partners can reflect on arguably the most successful sporting season we have enjoyed together as a company this year. The size of your trophy cabinet is normally a pretty good indicator of the successfulness of a season for any sportsman or woman - I’m glad to say that we are going to have to go shopping for another cabinet or two after the year that we have had. We are very lucky to represent some of the best talent from around the globe within our motorsport ranks and so it has shown this year with three major championships already secured. We were delighted to see Gary Paffett enjoy the perfect farewell to his DTM career by claiming his second Drivers’ Championship. Kiern Jewiss delivered a phenomenal season which ended with him becoming the British F4 Champion. Further, Jack Manchester enjoyed a superb debut season in the Blancpain GT Series ending the year as the Silver Cup Overall Drivers’ Champion. Even further, our BMW factory driver, Tom Blomqvist, enjoyed a career highlight by taking home the win in the world’s most prestigious GT race - the 24 Hours of Spa. These are just a few of the incredible sporting successes that our talent have enjoyed this year and I hope you relish in reading about many more of these in the rest of this publication. As lucky as we are to work with some incredible sporting talent, we are equally grateful to those we work alongside on the commercial front within our affiliated partner network as well as our athlete sponsors. All our partners contribute in some way to the success of our sporting portfolio and I hope you all take similar delight in sharing in their success. From a business point of view, we have cemented and strengthened relationships with many of our partners this year. In spite of an uncertain business climate at present, I am always enthused by the stories of growth, collaboration and success that emanate from the MB Partners affiliate network. I have myself opened up new doors and areas of opportunity throughout the network and I hope that you have found the relationship equally as valuable. I have always been firm in my belief that successful business is predicated upon successful partnerships, and it is this premise that the MB Partners Official Partner Programme is built upon.

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Contents 07 About Us An introduction to our elite sports management company.

08 Board of Directors Meet the members of the Board.

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Gary Paffett enjoys a fairytale ending to a fifteen-year chapter of his career and looks forward to a new challenge in Formula E.

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14 A Partnership of Principle Karen Ellis and Mark Blundell reflect on thirty years of partnership based on shared values.

18 A Dominant Champion Kiern Jewiss reflects on a memorable Championship-winning debut season in single seaters.

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24 Twice Around the Clock to Victory Tom Blomqvist and his Walkenhorst Motorsport team defied the odds in Belgium to win the biggest GT race in the world.

30 An Excellent Rookie Year Embracing a new challenge, Jordan King reflects on a memorable debut campaign in IndyCar.

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Jack Manchester discusses his championship-winning season in the Blancpain GT Series.

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40 MB Partners Social Scene The latest goings-on from in and around the MBP Partner Programme.

44 Introducing Goldsquare Investments Jonathan May of Goldsquare Investments talks through the company’s alternative approach within the property investment industry.

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48 A Day in the Life... Lisa Mead from Crowe UK LLP, provides an insight into a typical day of a tax advisor.

52 Our Clients’ Success MB Partners celebrate the success of their clients over the last year.

56 Meet the Team 30

Good things come in small packages – meet the team who work behind the scenes at MB Partners.

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B Partners is a boutique sports management agency who offer a truly bespoke service to our hand-picked selection of clients. We are committed to performing to the highest level for each of our clients and provide a full turnkey service for elite sports people in motorsport and golf.

Within the motorsport management sector, we are proud to be one of the class leaders in Europe and our golfing stable continues to go from strength to strength. The MBP Academy underlines our commitment to developing not only the careers of established professionals, but also the stars of tomorrow. With first-hand experience in these industries, MB Partners possesses a huge network of global contacts, as well as a profound knowledge of what it takes to manage the day-to-day requirements of a professional sports person. We know sport from the inside out and it is this knowledge and experience that means we are perfectly placed to help our clients negotiate the elite sport industry. By building a close relationship with each individual, MB Partners takes the time to understand our client’s personalities and goals. We can negotiate and execute contracts, provide insight into all aspects of their sport, and take care of all your duties away from the track or course; including all administration as well as maximizing your media and commercial profiles. Our comprehensive management service ensures that all our clients need to focus on is their talent, whilst we focus on creating and maximising every opportunity. MB Partners' Board of Directors; Ian Childs, Theo Paphitis, Robin Fenwick and Mark Blundell

Alongside our client management umbrella, we are proud to utilise our wide-ranging commercial network and associations to help a finite number of elite sportspeople to maximise their commercial interests and activities. Our commercial representation approach centres around establishing partnerships that align with each of our respective client’s unique identities and values. Aside from our client management and representation services, MB Partners operate a successful Partner Programme for like-minded businesses and individuals who share in our desire to maximise their commercial opportunities. Our Partner group allows all our partners to cross market preferred services and suppliers between the relationships held across the group. Our partners enjoy access to exclusive networking events, direct business introductions, select discounts and offers and are all featured in our Partnership magazine which is disseminated across our business network.

For a more detailed look at our clients, partners and the services we provide, please visit our website or feel free to contact us. The Malt House, 27 Kneesworth Street, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5AB

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Board of Directors For more than three decades Mark Blundell has honed his expertise in the upper echelons of elite global sport, firstly in a professional sporting career, then TV pundit and in more recent years, as a successful businessman.

Theo Paphitis is one of the most recognisable entrepreneurs in the UK, equally at home in the world of sport as he is in the boardroom. Having spent eight years as the Chairman of Millwall FC, taking the club out of administration and into the Championship, an FA Cup Final and European football.

Theo Paphitis Chairman

Theo made his name reviving the fortunes of notable high street names such as Ryman, Partners the Stationers, Stationery Box, La Senza and Contessa Lingerie and is now the chairman and owner of Ryman Stationery, holding the same position at Robert Dyas having bought the homewares specialist chain in 2012. Theo was previously the joint owner of Red Letter Days and, having sold his lingerie interests in 2006 Theo returned to the industry in 2011 when launching the international brand Boux Avenue.

Mark Blundell CEO & Director of Motorsport

A keen businessman, Mark realised that with his experience, knowledge and connections, it was time to start a new chapter in his life and launch an athlete management and sports marketing agency, built around his core values in sport.

In 2015 the Theo Paphitis Retail Group was launched which encompasses the four retail brands Ryman Stationery, Robert Dyas, Boux Avenue and London Graphic Centre. As well as being a high profile entrepreneur Theo is a familiar face to millions from his time on the hit BBC TV show Dragons’ Den and regularly appears on primetime news and entertainment shows varying from Question Time to Top Gear.

Ian is a keen sportsman with a passion to connect sport and business. From a formal marketing background in the FMCG and motor industry Ian has spent most of his working life in and around the sports environment. His early days as Commercial Manager at Surrey Cricket Club and General Manager of Sports & Outdoor Media led to the development of a valuable networking base.

Ian Childs Managing Director & Director of Golf

Ian then co-founded Movie & Media Sports with Theo Paphitis in 1989, their primary objective was to raise commercial revenue on behalf of governing bodies, clubs and associations worldwide. Movie & Media was acquired by Octagon IPG in 2000, Ian remained with the business until 2006 and was tasked with managing their Far East and Australasian operation in the latter years. After a short sabbatical Ian consulted for Sportseen Ltd culminating in its sale to Essentially Group. A former long-standing Chairman of Red Letter Days and a current Director for Ryman Ltd and Group Management Director of the Theo Paphitis Retail Group, Ian brings to MB Partners a tremendous network of contacts both in the commercial and sporting world.

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Mark started his sporting career at just 14, and for nearly 20 years he competed at the very top of world motorsport, including Formula One, IndyCar and World Rally. His wins even include the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. From 2001 through to 2008, he was integral to ITV’s multi BAFTA award winning presenting team for Formula One and now acts proudly as a global ambassador for McLaren Automotive and CAF Bank.

Robin Fenwick, Managing Director of Right Formula, joined the board of MB Partners in 2016. As the boutique sports management company’s newest stakeholder, Robin’s extensive knowledge of the sports marketing and sponsorship industries will provide a valuable addition to the commercial strategy of the company.

robin Fenwick Director

Robin founded his own sports marketing firm, Right Formula in 2009 and as Managing Director, his day-to-day focus is on client acquisition and strategy roadmap development for the range of brands on Right Formula’s roster. Robin has extensive experience in sports marketing, having worked in a range of inhouse and agency roles during his career. These include at the global sports marketing agency, Octagon, in-house with the McLaren Formula 1™ team working on the title sponsor account, and at Hilton Hotels where he served as Head of Sponsorship.


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Perfect Farewell Gary Paffett closes a fifteen-year chapter of his career in perfect fashion, departing the series as the 2018 DTM Champion as he looks forward to a new challenge in Formula E.

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ithin elite sport, opportunities to enjoy the perfect farewell are few and far between. Motorsport in particular is filled with anti-climaxes, seasoned winners fading away in the midfield battle and fan favourites not afforded their chance to go out on a high. For Gary Paffett, the 2018 season represented a prolonged farewell from the DTM series which he had called home for fifteen years. You would be forgiven for thinking Gary may have settled for a solid farewell season to wave goodbye to the series he had offered so much to for so long - that though is not in Gary’s make-up. A fierce competitor and proven winner to the very end, Gary embarked on a 2018 farewell season that even the best scriptwriter could have struggled to predict. With Mercedes making the decision to depart the DTM at the end of the 2018 season, after thirty years of unrivalled success, Gary and his team set about the mission of waving goodbye to the series by standing proudly on the top step of the podium. After a memorable season on-track, the likeable and respected Brit headed into the season finale at Hockenheim as one of three drivers still firmly entrenched in the championship battle. Entering the weekend in second position, four points behind Mercedes stablemate Paul Di Resta and twenty-six points ahead of Audi’s René Rast who went into the weekend in imperious form off the back of four consecutive race victories. What followed was a titanic battle between the trio in front of huge crowds at Hockenheim as Gary vied to claim his second Drivers’ Championship, some thirteen years after his first title in 2005. The four-time DTM vice-Champion delivered a faultless final lap in qualifying on Saturday morning to qualify on the front row in the face of intense pressure from the Audi contingent who looked frighteningly quick once again. A battling performance saw Gary negotiate a debris-filled track and an unfortunate safety car restart to come home in fourth position and, with it, entered the final day with the Championship lead along with a six-point lead over Di Resta. The real threat though looked to be the ominous threat of René Rast who

delivered an unprecedented fifth straight DTM victory in Saturday’s race. With the tension and nerves amongst Gary’s friends, family and team intensifying with every passing moment, the final events of the 2018 season and of Gary’s DTM career looked set to be another nerve-shredding day for those closest to him. After his first flying lap in Sunday’s qualifying was deleted for exceeding track limits, the task in front of Gary looked to be all but insurmountable. What followed was, in his own words, “the best lap ever” as Gary fought his rapidly degrading tyres to deliver a qualifying lap that defied all logic to give him an all-important third-place starting position, one place behind his main rival of Rast in the Audi. Knowing a top-four position would secure the drivers’ title, Gary lined up on the grid in the face of incredible pressure with Mercedes teammates few and far between in the top-ten which could have offered him some much-needed protection. With Rast taking the lead off the line and heading off into the distance, Gary’s task was clear. While everything seemed to be following the script for the first part of the race, fear struck before the halfway point as Gary started to feel problems underneath him. Fearing one of his wheels had come loose, the British driver abandoned his original strategy to dive into the pits at the first opportunity to remedy the issue. Moving up the grid one place into second momentarily, Gary wisely decided to let Marco Wittmann pass when he started to apply pressure as the clock ticked down, choosing to preserve the life in his tyres should he need to fight it out later in the race after his unexpected early stop. With time edging away slower than ever before, the supporting crowds watched on agonisingly as the gap between the British driver and the chasing pack ebbed away with each lap. Knowing that his rivals were on fresher tyres, Gary continued to drive wisely and sensibly, wholeheartedly focused on delivering the result that would subsequently deliver the second drivers’ title that he had so long fought for.

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“Towards the end, I was thinking to myself 'Now there are only five laps to go in my DTM career' and then 'only 4, 3, 2, 1...'. at one point, I almost spun off because of that. But it's a fantastic feeling to have won the title. I've had such a great time with this team. Many thanks to every single member of the team for all the hard work they've put into the car. I couldn’t ask for a better way to sign off from the DTM!"

As the pit boards went out for one last time as the final lap began, Gary held a strong enough gap to Nico Müller and Robert Frijns to ensure all that stood in his way and the championship was one final clean lap. After 185 proud races in the DTM, Gary crossed the line in third position to draw the curtain on an incredible career but most importantly to deliver the second Drivers’ Championship title that the British driver had so richly deserved. Jubilant celebrations followed alongside a complete outpouring of emotion from a driver who had worked so hard over a thirteen-year period to claim his second drivers’ title and who had come so close so many times. Over his fifteen year career in the series, Gary had established a reputation like no other. Legend is a word that is often overused and banded about lightly in professional sport, but it is the only word that reflects the esteem in which Gary is held by both Mercedes and the DTM as a whole. As the experienced Brit held

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aloft the Drivers’ title from the top step, few would argue that there was a more fitting champion anywhere else on the grid. Reflecting on the weekend, Gary was bursting with pride and, as always, showed his huge gratitude to the Mercedes AMG DTM team. "It was absolutely incredible and probably one of the best day of my life. The first title in 2005 came along so soon. I've spent the last 13 years working to get back to the top. It's taken a long time, but this year, the team gave me a great car. I've always enjoyed driving it in qualifying. I still can't quite believe it. I was out there on my own for most of the race and had plenty of time to think about the situation.” “Towards the end, I was thinking to myself 'Now there are only five laps to go in my DTM career' and then 'only 4, 3, 2, 1...'. At one point, I almost spun off because of that. But it's a fantastic feeling to have won the title. I've had such


a great time with this team. Many thanks to every single member of the team for all the hard work they've put into the car. I couldn’t ask for a better way to sign off from the DTM!" The fairytale ending that had been dreamt about for so long had been delivered but excitingly Gary’s story is set to continue after the announcement that he will be entering the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2018/19 season racing for the HWA RACELAB team. The electric street racing series has grown from strength to strength across four campaigns so far and is heralded by many as the future of the sport, illustrated by the nine manufacturers that will be lining its grid when the new season kicks off in Saudi Arabia in December. After fifteen years in a single series, the transition will be a stark challenge for Gary but fresh off the back of the perfect farewell, who knows how the latest story will end?

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Principle Managing the risks associated with elite level motorsport is a complicated task that incorporates a plethora of data and the crunching of numbers. However, it is through a combination of a profoundly human and personal approach, which has set the motorsport mogul, Karen Ellis and her team, apart from anyone else since 1979. Everyone has a story, and good stories are nice to read. Certainly, Karen has one and she must be one of the only people in the insurance world who can make insurance sound interesting! There is no doubt that the presence of numerous risks is a factor that features across all levels of motor racing. In fact, some of the sport’s most lasting memories are provided by moments where that aforementioned level of risk scales unmanageable heights. Away from the glitz, glamour and personality of motorsport, the insurance sector operates quietly in the background, yet remains a key pillar on which the elite level of racing is built upon. The experience gained assists in managing risk globally, across all classes of the sport, both four and two wheels. As with any insurance policy, the hope is you will never need it, but the key is ensuring it delivers when required. It is this fundamental feature that Karen Ellis, Managing Principal, Motorsport & Security at Integro Insurance Brokers Limited (“Integro”), reflects proudly upon. “It is so important to ensure that the advice and products sold, covers the complex risks associated with motorsports. There is no such thing as a standard policy or standard advice because the risk and cover required differs depending on which stakeholder you are. For example; a governing body will need a different liability cover, to say, a team or indeed even a sponsor of a team. Equally cover for one driver in the same championship will have different needs to another driver. The premium charged for any one policy will always be a huge factor for anyone buying cover, and we do our best to ensure that the market offers value for money. However, the fundamental value of any insurance policy is that it responds when required, and claims are promptly paid when needed. It is our record over many years of managing and paying such losses, often emotional and complex, that we are most proud of.”

Another interesting aspect of Karen’s career has of course been the very prominent subject of Women working in Industry and Sport, both dominated by men. It’s been a double whammy for Karen being in a male dominated insurance industry and carving a niche in motorsport insurance management, also naturally male dominated. It is fantastic to see the focus across all businesses encouraging women to consider roles not only in historically male dominated jobs, but to have the confidence to also climb the career ladder and lead global corporates in the Board room. As can be evidenced from the International press, huge inroads have been made in both areas, acuminating in much success and many role models, such as Karen. Despite these challenges, Karen has established an enviable global reputation within the industry that transcends these barriers. Karen - quite rightly - reflects upon her career with pride. “When I finished my O levels, back in the day, University was not even an option. I wanted to train to be a Teacher, but I followed my friends up into the City looking for jobs when the insurance and banking sectors were on a huge recruitment drive and offered school leavers great opportunities. I had numerous interviews and was offered many jobs. I chose a small start-up insurance brokerage called T.L. Clowes. The rest is history and many people will know of the legendary Tim Clowes, and I have a lot to thank him for. He gave me an opportunity and I took it, and so I worked extremely hard to help build the business. Now as part of Integro (to give us global reach and more product expertise) we continue the original company’s great legacy of going above and beyond to find insurance solutions in our chosen niches.” Karen continues, “It’s been an extraordinary journey, and our strength comes from the people who are also in the business who have the same energy, experience and passion as I. It has been a life’s work for us all, and whilst very challenging at times, a lot of fun.” Over the years Karen and her team have consumed themselves with all things motorsport. The race track became their second home and although these touchpoints and networking trips are important, it is their unconditional service ethic that has stood the test of the time. “The thing you have to understand with motorsport insurance is that whether it be a property or bodily injury claim there is always a lot of emotion involved. We are able to manage these situations well. We strive to be the absolute best in the business. Over time we have built knowledge and built relationships with stakeholders such as insurers and medics and third-party suppliers, to ensure only the best are involved in not only crafting the policy in the first place but through to settling a claim and managing it through to the end. By my very nature and personality, I am a fixer. The go to, to find a solution; and rarely do I, or my team, fail!” Having started her career with Tim Clowes in 1978, Karen led the management buyout of the firm in 1996. Market conditions and other key factors dictated that the Clowes team joined THB Lloyd’s broker in the early noughties, and the business continued to grow and offer niche services across the globe. Ten years later an opportunity arose for Karen and the senior management team to set up their own Lloyd’s broker and Ellis Clowes was born in November 2010.

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“It was a big step to go out and form Ellis Clowes and a very proud moment, but we trusted in our principles and values. We knew that not only would we always get the job done but we would do so to an outstanding standard as well.”


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It was at this moment where Mark Blundell, a longstanding and trusting client of Karen’s, made the transition from client to business associate, joining Ellis Clowes as a non-executive director. Having enjoyed a long and distinguished career behind the wheel, Mark is as well placed as anyone to attest to the incredible level of service and experience in this area that Karen and her team provide, day in, day out. “I had the misfortune of a pretty big incident in Rio during my IndyCar days in 1996. It’s every driver’s worst nightmare hitting the brakes at 198 mph and getting nothing back. That was the biggest accident I had during my career. As bad and as terrifying as it was for me, it was how it affected my family that I was equally as worried about. I will never forget not only the support and care from the insurance that Karen offered me during that time, but how she was there for my family at any time of day.” “Karen and I have always a shared a similar outlook on both sport and business. Honesty, transparency and a relationship-centred approach have always been prioritised over any quick win. As a former athlete who had made the move into the business world, it was a real privilege to take up a non-executive role with a real force in a sector that I held so dearly.” “The black book of contacts I had assembled during my racing career coupled with Karen’s dynamism and faultless knowledge of the insurance industry made for a powerful partnership and one I am delighted we have continued through to this day in one form or another. For over thirty years, Karen and I have developed a trusting, powerful and valuable partnership.”

Above: Karen Ellis and Mark Blundell

Midway through a ten-year plan and with no intention of selling, Ellis Clowes’ value was soon being seen very clearly by industry giants in a period of acquisition. At least five acquisition offers came and went but the interest prompted Karen and the Board to re-evaluate the market place and the longer future of the firm. “We were not up for sale, but the interest ensured we had to take a real look at where we were and where we wanted to get to. After a lot of research and advice from those in the industry, the Board came to the decision to join Integro in November 2015. Karen continues, “the decision to join Integro and be one of the senior leaders, of their growing Sports division, was the right decision. One of the core pillars of Integro is its sport and entertainment division. Integro have clients in over 100 countries across the globe and pride themselves on their ability to meet the complex needs of their clients utilising their extensive market knowledge. Niche quality business rather than quantity is their mantra and across all divisions, and we strive to be best in class.” Continuing into Mark and Karen’s fourth decade of business partnership, MB Partners now operate as a key introducer for Integro across their sporting domains - a partnership which Karen knows is held in high esteem by both parties. “MB Partners and Integro are not only united by our core sectors of motorsport and the broader sporting landscape but also through the way in which we choose to work within those sectors. We both believe acutely in the virtues of hard work, an extensive base of knowledge and contacts as well as the highest of exacting standards for our clients.”

“MB Partners and Integro are not only united by our core sectors of motorsport and the broader sporting landscape but also through the way in which we choose to work within those sectors. We both believe acutely in the virtues of hard work, an extensive base of knowledge and contacts as well as the highest of exacting standards for our clients.”

“Within the motorsport world, MB Partners have enjoyed a year of incredible success in 2018. Not only does the business partnership deliver excellent value through various sporting and broader introductions but there is further value being attached to a company enjoying incredible success on the track across the global stage.”

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Champion Kiern Jewiss reflects on a memorable Championship-winning season which has seen the youngster nominated for the BRDC McLaren Autosport Award.

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ood sportspeople and great sportspeople are often differentiated by their ability to cope well in highly pressurised situations. It is a characteristic long associated with habitual, experienced winners who have been there and done it and who appear to take everything in their stride, no matter what is thrown at them. You may expect to find this trait within most Championship-winning drivers, but to find this coolness in a 16-year-old precocious talent setting out in his first season in single-seaters against a field of considerably older and more experienced drivers is quite rare. The situation of Kiern Jewiss’ British F4 finale would have been enough to unsettle many of his professional counterparts but it was one which the Kent youngster coped with with unerring ease. Going toe to toe with longstanding title rival Ayrton Simmons at Brands Hatch in September, his family and friends watched on agonisingly trackside as they willed Kiern to the finish line in the top six position that he needed to close out a hugely deserved Championship title. While his supporters were a picture of nerves trackside, Kiern was the polar opposite in the car forgoing his natural assertive racing style to deliver a mature and faultless performance. Bringing the car home safely just one place behind his main title rival was enough to secure the British F4 Championship after a phenomenal debut season in single-seaters with Double R Racing, sparking jubilant celebrations in the crowd.

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In typical style, Kiern reflects calmly on an eventful and hugely memorable weekend. “It was a different type of pressure heading into the season finale at Brands Hatch. I had had an excellent weekend at Silverstone last time out and headed into the final weekend with a 62 point advantage. People were acting as if it was all signed and delivered but that expectation changes your mindset. I wouldn’t say I had it all to lose but my opponents definitely had it all to gain.” “I was desperate to close things off on the first race of the weekend on Saturday. What didn’t help my nerves was having to sit in parc fermé for just under an hour before the start of the race as they cleared up an earlier incident. I have to say that was probably one of the longest hours of my life to date.” “When things finally got underway, the first few corners were interesting but once I was out of that cleanly I knew that finishing in the middle of the pack would be enough for the title. It went against everything I love about racing but I just had to sit tight, hold my position and not risk too much.” Having established a growing name for himself across an unprecedented karting career and a successful transition into cars last year in Ginetta Juniors, Kiern headed into the British F4 Championship with high hopes despite being one of the youngest entrants in the field. From the very first day of testing, Kiern demonstrated his natural speed behind the wheel and marked himself out as a real title contender as he topped the first group test in February by over 1.8 seconds. Over the months that followed Kiern consistently produced the goods when it really mattered; finishing his first-ever race in second place, Kiern was constantly fighting it out at the front of the grid whilst winning plenty of fans along the way thanks to his aggressive racing style. The British F4 Championship notes plenty of notable names amongst it’s alumni including Lando Norris, Max Fewtrell and Jamie Caroline and as the curtain falls on the 2018 season, Kiern has catapulted his name right to the very top of that list. Among others, Kiern now holds the record for the most championship points scored in a single season in the series as well as recording the highest number of podium finishes too. Kiern’s season record of two poles, six wins, seven fastest laps and eighteen podiums did not just win him plenty of admirers at the track but it also caught the attention of many of the sport’s most famous names, including the BRDC who duly selected the FM Conway sponsored driver for the BRDC Rising Stars scheme and nominated him for the iconic BRDC McLaren Autosport Award - whilst also landing on the radar of F1’s biggest teams. The nomination further etched Kiern’s name into the history books as he becomes the youngest ever driver to be nominated for the award, a record the 16-year-old is incredibly proud of. “There’s no doubting that it has been a whirlwind season. I have loved the competition that British F4 has provided and really enjoyed driving the car that Double R Racing provided me.

“When things finally got underway, the first few corners were interesting but once I was out of that cleanly I knew that finishing in the middle of the pack would be enough for the title. It went against everything I love about racing but I just had to sit tight, hold my position and not risk too much.”

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To claim the title with all my family and friends there was a moment that I will never forget and the BRDC McLaren Autosport Award nomination has really just topped 2018 off for me.” “You only have to look at some of the names of the previous winners to understand what an honour it is to be nominated. I’ve always looked at it as a real marker for the best of British driving talent so to be thought of in that esteem by those that make those decisions is actually quite humbling.” The award is decided upon after a stringent training and assessment process that includes simulator and physical fitness tests as well as a two-day assessment at the home of British motorsport, in Formula 2, McLaren GT3 and Ligier LMP3 machinery.

“There’s no doubting that it has been a whirlwind season. I have loved the competition that British F4 has provided and really enjoyed driving the car that Double r racing provided me. To claim the title with all my family and friends there was a moment that I will never forget and the BrDC McLaren autosport award nomination has really just topped 2018 off for me.”

“It will be a huge test for me as I try to get to grips with machinery that I have not been near before but it is a challenge I am really relishing. The competition will be fierce but all I can try and do is to give best impression of myself as possible.” As the size of his successes seems to continually enlarge year upon year, the 16-year-old youngster from Kent still appears to take all of it in his stride. And while the BRDC McLaren Autosport Award process will be another test of his nerve, there’s no doubting that his pressurised experiences to date will have him well prepared. EDITION SEVEN ParTNErShIP

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around the Clock To Victory A true underdog story, Tom Blomqvist and his Walkenhorst Motorsport team defied the odds in Belgium to win the biggest GT race in the world - the 24 Hours of Spa.

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-hour races are seen as one of the biggest challenges in motorsport. The physical and mental demands test the strongest of drivers, and the eyes of the mechanics and strategists never stray too far from the pit wall. The nerves remain from the first minute until the last but when averaging 180 km/ph through a four-hour stint, the will to win drives you to the finish. Tom Blomqvist’s previous 18-months prior to the Spa 24 Hours had been an unfavourable time for the 24-year-old, a bright start to life in the DTM, as the youngest ever BMW winner, concluded with a final campaign filled with misfortune. Tom then joined the BMW-aided Andretti Formula E team from the third race of the season in January but departed their ranks in April. Leaving the all-electric series, Tom was left with no full-time programme for the year but BMW’s complete faith in the Brit’s abilities had not altered and he was called upon for numerous drives in several different series with new machinery and teams. 2018 marked the 70th Edition of the legendary 24-hour race, 221 drivers in 63 GT3 cars set the scene for one of the most exhilarating GT races on the calendar. Despite being a regular competitor in the Amateur Class, Walkenhorst Motorsport took the step up to the Pro Class for the first time at the 24 Hours of Spa as they looked to take the battle to some of the biggest GT teams in the world; as Tom joined Philipp Eng and Christian Krognes in the #34 BMW M6 GT3.

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“Leading up to the race weekend, we were confident. We had a test day before the event and it went pretty well and the times were looking good. Despite our confidence, we still didn’t know how well we would stack up against everyone else until the race weekend. Philipp is a fantastic driver and Christian is extremely impressive. The unknown factor was the team. Walkenhorst has been very successful at Nürburgring but Spa is a different challenge. We proved early on in the weekend that we were competitive and we were playing around, saying we could win the race and as the weekend progressed we believed it more and more.” Tom and the team’s pace from the start of the weekend was thoroughly impressive, with Tom finishing his individual qualifying in 2nd place with a lap time of 2:18.988 - one of only two drivers, out of the entire 221 drivers, to break into the 2:18’s. Securing provisional pole, the team eventually started in 8th place after the ‘superpole’ shootout. The team got off to a great start in the race and were soon fighting for the lead of the race before nightfall in the Ardennes. With the cooler conditions of night, the BMW M6 GT3 came alive and the team were looking like the favourite for the win as the fight to the chequered flag drew closer to its conclusion. “We knew from the start we could win it, and as the race went on our belief just grew. There was one point, during the race, where we lost out due to our technical pit stop - which is 5 minutes long. The cars we were fighting with

were able to get theirs done in the early morning just after a full course yellow so they got it lucky and didn’t lose a lap. We had to do ours during full speed running and we lost a lap with six hours to go. But we knew we had the pace and we managed to get the lap back and soon enough, we were back in the lead of the race - from that point, we really started to believe.” As the clock hit in the 24-hour mark, Philipp Eng drove the #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport across the finishing line to secure a memorable win at the biggest GT race in the world. For Tom, the BMW crossing the line was met with sheer jubilation as he was able to achieve one of the greatest wins of his career. “It’s probably the biggest achievement of my career since moving out of single-seaters, it’s hard to say if it’s the proudest moment of my career but it’s definitely been my proudest moment of the last four or five years. I didn’t quite realise how big the race was until I was there at the track. It’s such a tough race, it's so competitive, there are so many things that can go wrong - so to conquer all the elements makes me very proud.” Despite only being 24 years old, Tom has already driven vast amounts of cars and series and the desire for more challenges never dampens with Tom already setting his eyes on winning more 24-hour races. “I love the element of sharing the car, a lot more teamwork goes into it, there's nowhere to hide and to share the win with your teammates is a special feeling. I love having the opportunity to race all these different styles in some of the biggest series and races in the world.”

“The goal is obviously Le Mans 24 hours and Nürburgring 24 hours, those are the next two massive 24-hour races that I would absolutely love to win. I’ve always enjoyed sprint racing and racing on your own but endurance racing has a totally different style to it.”

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rookie Year Progressing into a new championship proposes a number of challenges for even the most experienced of racing drivers. To do so whilst crossing the Atlantic, embracing a new culture and taking on a complete new set of tracks and machinery is a challenge reserved for only a few of Europe’s top professional racing drivers.

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The move Stateside was one that Jordan admits came after a great deal of consideration but was borne out of a desire to test himself at the highest level. “I’ve never been one for allowing myself to feel comfortable. I want to be challenged and I am not afraid in admitting my ambitions are to be a regular race winner at the very highest level in the sport. IndyCar is an intensely competitive series that is comprised of some of the world’s most revered driving talent.” “My confidence in my own ability is clear as I know the pride I take in my profession and my obsessive level of preparation. That said, I knew that the move from FIA Formula 2 to IndyCar was a big step to take but it provided me with an excellent opportunity to showcase my talents alongside the world’s best.” Joining the well-established and successful Ed Carpenter Racing team for 2018 as the #20 Fuzzy’s Vodka driver for the campaign’s road and street courses, King wholeheartedly committed himself to the series moving his life 30

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to America full-time and hitting the challenge head on. Impressing with his professionalism and quality from day one, it was no surprise that King enjoyed a whirlwind start to his debut season in the series. Faced with limited seat time in pre-season testing, it was King’s sheer pace that saw him shoot to prominence. “My successful career in single-seaters stood me in excellent stead and I took to the car quite naturally. Of course there are quirks that you have get to used to but I feel it is important that the driver gets to grips with the car to a certain extent, rather than continually searching for the car to get used to you.” Talking to the streets of St. Petersburg for his IndyCar debut, the British driver turned heads immediately as he overhauled Will Power’s 2016 record lap time making King the new track record holder with a 1:00.0476 lap-time. This achievement set the tone for an incredible start to the season that saw Jordan lead the race in both St. Petersburg and Toronto. Jordan’s sheer pace continued to stand him out from the rest of the rookie field, graduating to the Firestone Fast 6 in St Petersburg which represented the first time that Ed Carpenter Racing had made it to this stage of qualifying since Mid-Ohio in July 2016. The British driver repeated this feat in Indianapolis later on in the season to further demonstrate his impressive qualifying performances.


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“Our one-lap pace was really strong throughout the season and that is a pretty good sign in terms of how I got to grip with the series from the outset. Our results in the races didn’t quite replicate this but we had our fair share of bad luck and mechanical issues. Race strategy is of course incredibly important in Indy and we learnt some harsh lessons as a team throughout the year.” As the season drew to its conclusion in Sonoma, mechanical issues struck again in qualifying meaning Jordan had to start the season finale from the very rear of the grid. Seeing the misfortune as an opportunity, Jordan delivered an overtaking masterclass and a faultless driving performance as he recovered to record a P13 finish. Reflecting on the season as a whole, Jordan remains proud of his considerable achievements which clearly bodes well for what is to come. “You can normally write your rookie season off as a transition year but I am really glad that throughout the year I demonstrated my ability and pace to perform and compete at the very front of the field. There were times when the car and our strategy didn’t quite match up to this but that is always a part of racing at such a competitive level and you take your learnings from that.”

Looking ahead to 2019, further new challenges await for King as he looks set to build on his excellent performances from this campaign and the British driver is motivated to make a real impact at the elite level. “We are currently working on options for 2019 after Ed Carpenter provided an excellent learning curve for 2018. This year has been a great platform but 2019 is another chapter with some exciting plans ahead that, as a package, will give me the opportunity to show my potential even further.”

“I feel like I have proven a lot this year and my single-seater career to date only serves as further proof that I am a race-winner, that is what I love doing and pride myself upon. I want to be given that opportunity again for 2019 in whatever form that takes. I relished the challenge of embracing a new team and culture this year and enter next year as a more complete driver and person because of it.”

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Campaign To remember Having taken on Europe’s elite and succeeded, talented 20-year-old racer Jack Manchester discusses his championship-winning season in the Blancpain GT Series.

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f there was one thing you couldn’t accuse Jack Manchester of, it would be shying away from a challenge. The 20-year-old racer is still only three years into his racing career, yet already boasts a roll call of achievements that would be the envy of many, brought about by a fierce commitment to testing himself at every turn.

Hailing from Surrey, Jack’s route to the elite level of the motorsport fraternity has been a fairly unconventional one. Showing a natural aptitude for speed from a young age, the British youngster only first sampled competitive action behind the wheel in 2016. Fast forward less than three years on and the 20-year-old is closing the 2018 season with two European GT3 titles; Blancpain GT Series Silver Cup – Sprint Cup Champion, and Blancpain GT Series Silver Cup Overall Champion. To call his rise meteoric would do Jack an injustice. In fact you could argue that his ascent up the ranks has an been unprecedented one. After a couple of years cutting his teeth in the UK and European Radical Championships, 2018 saw Jack make a huge step up as he took on some of the most famous names in motorsport in the Blancpain GT Series. Although he acknowledged the sharp rise in standard, Jack was hugely motivated to test his abilities in the ultra-competitive series. “The Blancpain GT Series is the home of European GT racing where the very best compete day in and day out. It is a series that has long been known for attracting the top racing talent and where every esteemed manufacturer wants to be. I was under no illusions that it was going to be a challenge but it was one that I really relished.”

“There was so much work being put in between race weekends that I was really glad we started the season off strongly, getting the results that the AKKA ASP Team deserved. Kickstarting the season in successful fashion got us up and running and from there the momentum gathered.”

You would be forgiven for thinking that Jack’s first season in a new series would be written off as a transition year, but in typical style Jack and his team in the #90 Team Thunderhead Mercedes-AMG set about making a real impact.

Belying his relative lack of experience, Jack’s impressive on-track performances continued to turn heads as the team churned out podium after podium finish, eventually taking their maiden class victory at Misano. As the season moved toward its conclusion, it was clear that the #90 Team Thunderhead Mercedes-AMG car would by vying for the overall Silver Cup Drivers’ Championship as well as the individual Sprint and Endurance titles.

Teaming up with Nico Bastian in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup and with Nico and Jules Szymkowiak in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Jack kicked off the season in style with double class podium finishes in his first sprint outing at Zolder, followed by another podium finish in the first endurance round at Monza. This early season success set the tone for much of the year as Jack and his teammates marked themselves out as the team to beat in the Silver Cup category. “It doesn’t matter how much planning and training that you do, I’m not sure anything can quite prepare you for your first experience of a Blancpain GT race. I remember in the early stages of the season, everything I did felt like a huge learning curve. The challenge for me was to ensure I was still delivering on track whilst I was getting to grips with everything that the series had to offer.”

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“As with any season, the pressure starts to ramp up as you near the end of the campaign, particularly when you are in the thick of the championship battle which I am glad to say we were. The challenge in those moments is to keep a cool head and to focus on what you can deliver in the car. Picking up our first class victory at Misano was a great example of us getting the most out of the car and team, and I would say the biggest challenge we’ve faced this season was at the 24 Hours of Spa.”


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Midway through what was proving to be an excellent 24 hours debut from the British youngster, the team was frustratingly taken out of the race after a collision with another competitor. Jack reflected on the heartbreaking exit as a real motivating factor for the remainder of the season. “Everything in Spa was pointing toward a strong result but you roll with the punches in endurance racing, anything can happen at any moment and for us, it wasn’t to be our day. What the exit at Spa did though was really focus the team on delivering strong results reflective of our pace for the rest of the season.” “While I was still continually learning with every race, I did not just want to settle for gaining a bit of experience along the way. I knew we had the team and the car to get the job done in the championship so that was what we set out to do.”

The penultimate round of the season at the Nürburgring saw Jack and teammate Nico take to the top step once more as they claimed the well-deserved Blancpain GT Silver Cup - Sprint Cup title. The celebrations were restricted to the podium ceremony though as Jack, Nico and the AKKA ASP team turned their attention to the season finale at Barcelona. With one title already secured, the challenge was now on to finish the job by claiming the Silver Cup Overall Drivers’ Championship that their season-long consistency had warranted. Holding just a slim 4.5 point advantage to their Silver Cup rivals in the Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG #6, Jack and his team knew that the priority was to finish ahead in Sunday’s 3-hour race. As is often the case, the season finale was a race full of drama as things appeared to be falling together seamlessly for car #90, before a stream of incidents dropped them to P4 in class. Thankfully as the pressure rose, the #6 Black Falcon was forced to retire from the race leaving Jack and his teammates the sole job of bringing the car home safely. “When Jules crossed the line to hand us the overall title, it was a surreal moment. I really felt that that weekend was a culmination of all the experience that I had gained from this brilliant championship. It’s been a steep learning curve to say the least but to win both the Blancpain GT Silver Cup Sprint Championship and then the overall Blancpain GT Silver Cup Drivers’ Championship in my rookie season is a dream.” What had started out as a mammoth task for the 20-year-old talent ended in fairytale fashion as a direct result of his hard work and sheer determination; two characteristics that will stand the British youngster in good stead as he prepares for his next challenge in 2019.

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“Our due diligence is the most important part of our work and however possible we make sure the investment is as risk free and as profitable as possible.”

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onathan May, of Goldsquare Investments, is better placed than most to offer an insight into the property investment market in both the United Kingdom and United States. Enjoying extensive industry experience, Jonathan takes great pride in offering their exclusive group of clients, a secure and profitable entrance and exit strategy within the property investment market. Operating as a boutique property investment specialist focused on researching and delivering high yield real estate opportunities in the UK and US for their select global client base, the company is built upon Jonathan’s own core principles of trust and continued delivery. A self-confessed petrolhead, Jonathan has relished working in sales since leaving school and feels his wide varied experience has enabled him to create a company in his own image. Having initially worked in the motor trade, it was property that soon came calling as Jonathan embarked on his career within the real estate industry. This experience saw Jonathan develop a profound insight into the property market both across Europe and in the US. “Working in property and real estate in Spain, I was able to connect with many other colleagues, who I had met over the years. Naturally, I began to work across American real estate working for others and it was here that opened my eyes to the possibility of doing my own thing. I was always respectful for what my bosses had achieved but I looked at what they were doing and their execution and knew that it could be done better.” Having established excellent relationships and an outstanding business network within the industry, this gave Jonathan the perfect departure point to take the risk to go out on his own two feet and so the story of Goldsquare Investments begins. Adopting best practices from what he had encountered as well as building on areas of others’ weakness, Goldsquare strives to provide an outstanding boutique service to his clientele. 44

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“We initially started selling property in the States, which was great because of the high returns and the low entry costs. Then more and more clients were asking for more security as they didn't like the idea of distance between them and their investment and that prompted us to look into UK property.” “Initially through existing contacts we were able to get property on board but since then we’ve been able to go direct to developers to get the best deals and best returns. We focus predominantly on the residential, buy to let market because of it’s clear exit strategy. It is much easier to sell a residential property than a student pod, as although the returns are great, they are much harder to sell.“ In an incredibly competitive market, it is vital for Goldsquare to differentiate themselves from other competitors within the sector. Jonathan takes great pride in operating as a smaller boutique and sees their size as pivotal to their success, allowing them to develop close, trusting relationships with their clients whilst maintaining dynamic and responsive to market fluctuations. “Our world is notorious for companies making wild claims about the number of properties sold, the number of clients they have and, to be quite honest, firing out any development opportunity available. We pride ourselves on being different from that. There is a wary perception of property investment firms and we work very clearly to stay clear from that.” “Instead our way of working is summed up through thorough research on select developments. If I wouldn’t feel comfortable investing in something personally, then we won’t even entertain it. It is a cliche but we treat our clients as if they are members of our family, and if something went wrong we would feel personally accountable. Our due diligence is the most important part of our work and however possible we make sure the investment is as risk free and as profitable as possible.“


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Life... Ever wondered what it is like to be a tax advisor? Surely it is all numbers and sitting at a desk all day staring at spreadsheets on your computer?

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isa Mead, a private client tax partner in Crowe UK LLP, provides an insight into a typical working day for her and her team - and shows that spreadsheets are not so important after all!

“My plan for today was a mixture of different tasks to help my clients. My clients are all individuals, and many do not live in the UK, but they all have some connection to the UK. I had some queries from a client regarding the tax liabilities on a sale of some artwork to follow up, a meeting regarding the tax affairs of a wealthy client and an initial meeting with the sons of a recently deceased client who are also the executors of her estate. However my day never fully runs as planned and I always have to react to the needs of my clients… Before I can look at the artwork sale, I have a call from a Swiss trustee. He has queries from the beneficiaries of a Liechtenstein Foundation. They want the trustees to spend the Foundation’s money on renovating their houses. There might be tax to pay as they live in the UK and we need to understand their

personal circumstances to determine how much the tax could be, to enable a decision to be taken. Whilst talking to him he also tells me that he has just been appointed a trustee for a trust that has not taken advice as to its UK Inheritance Tax exposure on UK residential property. He would like one of my team to undertake some additional work to help file a corrective tax return for them. Then to the meeting with the personal assistant to the wealthy client whose affairs are usually challenging. In fact I need to caveat that and say his boss’s tax affairs are usually challenging – and his boss’s private life is now even more challenging, as he is about to get divorced. This will be his fourth divorce (at age 44), this time from his 22 year old wife with whom he has two young children. Understandably his boss has various financial concerns, not least whether he will have to pay tax on money offshore that he will need to use for the financial settlement to his wife and the children. We are able to reassure him that we can help with this and should be able to mitigate most of the tax liabilities and help him with the financial disclosure to the Court. After grabbing some lunch, I meet with the executors. They are surprised to learn that they do not inherit very much until their father dies. However I explain that their mother’s Will set up a trust which enables the father to live in the house until his death and that the sons and their children can benefit after his death. It soon transpires that the sons would much rather their children have the money anyway and this is very efficient from an Inheritance Tax point of view. What could have been a difficult meeting because their mother had not told them about her wishes has actually turned out very well due to the tax planning undertaken. Finally I get chance to look at the artwork sale. We are able to confirm to the client that there is no tax to pay, following advice we gave a few years ago to put some of the assets into joint names with his wife, ensuring that they could maximise the use of the available HMRC exemption and reliefs on sale. I draft an email to him to give him the good news and head home – having not looked at a single spreadsheet all day!”

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Our Clients’ Success A pictorial look back at the latest successes from the track and the course.

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Meet the Team Good things come in small packages – meet the tight-knit team who work behind the scenes at MB Partners.

Joanne Young - Executive Assistant to the Board A certified PA for over 8 years, with a background in organisations of varying sizes, Joanne brings a wealth of diverse experience to the company. As Executive Assistant to the Board, Jo assists all the senior members of staff, as well as heads of divisions, with diary, travel and administrative duties, whilst working day to day with the CEO to ensure the smooth running of both the Royston and London office.

alex Watts - Head of Business Operations Alex’s role encompasses much of the day-to-day operations of the company, overseeing MB Partners’ commercial, communications and logistical procedures. This role includes coordinating the MB Partners Official Partner Programme as well as managing existing commercial relationships between our clients and their partners, seeking to ensure value is maximised in all directions. Alex is also responsible for leading the in-house communications and PR team. While combining his studies with his role at MB Partners, Alex graduated from the University of Bath with a first-class honours degree and won the National British Olympic Association award for undergraduate academic excellence. Away from work, Alex remains an avid cricketer and footballer in his spare time.

Barry Mears - Motorsport Manager Barry heads up the MBP Motorsport Academy and is responsible for driving the development of each of the academy drivers and the division as a whole. Barry has experience working with young and talented drivers and liaising with teams and championships on a national and international level, covering both single seater formula and GT racing. His love of motor racing started at a young age, living close to the Lotus factory at Hethel, Norfolk and he remembers the civic parade in Norwich City centre to celebrate Mario Andretti's 1978 F1 drivers title. Prior to working in motorsport Barry worked for a FTSE 100 company in a number of senior positions centred on developing and managing relationships and brings experience of structure, process and governance.

Juliette Pelham - Partnerships & Events After a successful year in industry where Juliette spent time working with elite racing drivers and endurance athletes, Juliette graduated from the University of Bath with a first-class honours degree, and award for academic innovation from the Department of Health. Following University, Juliette continued to work on her research paper that combined two of her passions, sport and humanitarian action, before it was published in 2017. Juliette now joins MB Partners from her graduate scheme having gained experience in sponsorship activation, account management and event marketing. Juliette’s role is to assist in the management of MB Partners' growing portfolio of events as well as the continued growth of the Official Partner Programme.

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Michael Pearce - PR & Communications Michael joined the MB Partners team having gained experience in the communications and PR industries through working directly on behalf of professional drivers. These duties saw Michael manage and lead social media strategies across a variety of digital mediums as well as using various web-platforms. Michael’s role is to assist in the development of the public relations department at MB Partners, helping to maximise the mediated profiles and opportunities for each of our clients.

hannah Lee - Office Manager An administrator with 15 years in the public sector over a variety of roles, Hannah has much experience in office administration, especially coordinating training and corporate events, large and small, as well as providing invaluable support to her office managers. At MB Partners, Hannah’s main focus is in assisting the day-to-day administerial requirements of our talented client portfolio.

Jamie Dunkley - Marketing Executive A promising young marketer and sporting enthusiast, Jamie joins the MB Partners team to drive forward new commercial opportunities across our talent and events portfolio. Having studied Sports Marketing at university, Jamie has developed a wide knowledge base which couples nicely with his personal experiences within the sporting industry. A keen sportsman and talented footballer away from work, Jamie’s role is to work closely alongside the broader team to maximise every opportunity for each of our clients, partners and sponsors.

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Thank You MB Partners wish all of their Official Partners continued success for the remainder of 2018.

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